“How can we prevent automotive parts from wearing out?”
Automotive vehicles are some of the most powerful machines in the world, with a multitude of mechanisms moving at blinding rates. However, if objects move fast with friction, then wear will have to be induced. So how can we prevent these machines from wearing down? Well, let’s use our engineering mindset to find out. We know that if we apply a fluid interface between two objects, then the resulting lubrication will result in much less wear. Because of this, car engines use something called motor oil to increase a vehicle’s lifespan! Most motor oils are derived from crude oil, which can be of links between 18 and 34 carbon atoms per molecule, being completely unsustainable. Electric vehicles, not possessing internal combustion engines, do not require motor oil.